San Francisco's Bassnectar knows how to keep his fans wanting more, nipping at the hands that feed them with every breadcrumb of an EP or single that's dropped since Cozza Frenzy, his last full album that sent Bassnectar right into the spotlight. Coming in hot from his recent remix of Deftones' "Prince," Bassnectar, the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, released Wildstyle, a seven-track EP, on October 19.
Wildstyle definitely showcases Ashton's ability to dabble with tempos and crowd-crushing drops, but I feel like since Cozza Frenzy's exposure, Bassnectar has been gradually venturing in and out of his signature sounds. Nonetheless, Wildstyle welcomes Bass Heads with open arms, giving them all the hip-hop and beat-drop womp-womp that they needed.
"Wildstyle Method," the title track, offers that beat-building, bass-filthy, hip-hop dubstep that he knows gets us every time, which really got me pumped about the rest of the EP. However, some of the other tracks kind of came out of left field (even if I did enjoy them).
For example, "Fun With Synthesizers" is almost identical to Cozza Frenzy's "Window Seat," and "Encore" spews heavy womps that almost annoyed me more than I could enjoy it. But hey, that's just me.
I really liked Bassnectar's "Magical World" off the Timestretch EP, and Wildstyle's "Underwater" (feat. Tina Malia) follows close behind those ethereal sounds. If you're only half-ass listening to each track, you're going to miss it like a boring start to a promising short story. Keep listening, because each track usually throws the beat down after about a minute, especially the softer ones (ahem, "Falling" featuring Paper Machete).
Maybe Bassnectar's next release will offer more consistency over diversity, but Wildstyle will certainly keep fans wobbling in their boots for now. So until then, let's just throw on "The 808 Track" (feat. Mighty High Coup) and let the beat drop. Party on, Wayne!